[permaculture] [Fwd: [SANET-MG] Lovel on Roundup consequences]

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Mon May 9 15:13:01 EDT 2005

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Subject: 	[SANET-MG] Lovel on Roundup consequences
Date: 	Mon, 9 May 2005 11:24:15 -0400
From: 	Dylan Ford <dford at SUFFOLK.LIB.NY.US>
Reply-To: 	Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group 



Folks, I am reposting (with permission) a contemplation of some possible 
consequences of Roundup use that originally appeared on the BDNow list 
(biodynamic ag). A bit of fresh insight. It was written by farmer and 
researcher Hugh Lovel.  Sincerely,  dylan
If you visit the Monsanto website about roundup you'll find Monsanto 
presents it quite differently from Agent Orange (a.k.a. 2,4,5-T). 
Roundup (a.k.a. glyphosate) inhibits the synthesis of tyrosine, 
phenlyanaline and tryptophan in plants, rendering them unable to grow. 
It even gets algae. But it contains neglible dioxins.
Monsanto asserts that since animals have alternate pathways for 
synthesis of these 3 amino acids (which are the basis of the feel good 
chemistry of our brains and central nervous systems) then animals are 
not affected. Roundup kept in your barn for a few years gets old and 
doesn't do its legendary thing after a while, leading Monsanto to 
further assert that it breaks down and becomes non-toxic in the environment.
Nevertheless, roundup was found as a widespread contaminant of 
groundwater in Denmark leading to its ban in that country. Moreover, 
although animals do have an alternate or possibly more than one 
alternate pathway of synthesis of these key amino acids Monsanto has not 
demonstrated that animals contaminated by roundup manage to maintain 
levels of these amino acids comparable to what they would have had were 
they uncontaminated.
Farmers in such places as rural Alberta where roundup use is heavy and 
contaminates ground water wonder why in their small rural high schools 
the rates of suicide (presumably resulting from depression) are so much 
higher than comparable populations of inner city schools where students 
seem to have less attractive prospects in life. Americans in general 
might wonder why such a large percentage (over 20%) of their population 
takes prozac as a remedy for depression. Is food in these regions 
deficient in tyrosine, phenylanaline and tryptophan these days? Is 
groundwater contamination depressing the levels of these precursors for 
serotonin, dopamine, tryptamine, etc., the "feel good" chemistry of the 
brain? Is there a connection between the use and contamination of the 
environment with roundup and depression? Or is it all just coincidence?
Since Monsanto is so proud of their product that they brag about how it 
works on their web page maybe they ought to fund a little more research 
into the subject. If they kicked in a penny for every $10 they've made 
from roundup, their most profitable chemical ever, that might seem a 
fair levy to ask them to put in the pot, but since they have not 
conducted this research so far they really must let someone else do the 
research. Their favorite trick is to let one of their employees quit and 
go to work for the EPA or the FDA to conduct research about the safety 
of their products--and once these are certified as safe the scientist 
gives up his government job and goes back to work for Monsanto. So maybe 
a private research laboratory or a univeristy that gets no funding from 
Monsanto would have to be found.
If you asked me whether roundup was as safe as Monsanto claims I'd have 
to say there's very little chance of it. But wouldn't you say the public 
has a right to KNOW?
Hugh Lovel

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